How Harrogate wellbeing centre rose to challenge of soaring demand from people during pandemic

An award-winning Harrogate centre has risen to the occasion during the last year as the demand for wellbeing, both physical and spiritual, has soared as people try to keep their lives on track during the Covid pandemic.

Thursday, 20th May 2021, 5:17 pm
Harrogate's award-winning Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing founder Anne-Marie Burford with her son James.

Not only have Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing founder Anne-Marie Burford and her son James Gopala Burford been determined to reopen on Duchy Road this week, it has also partnered up for the launch of a new service with Yorkshire's first yoga therapy clinic.

Anne-Marie Burford, who celebrated winning the Corporate Live Wire Prestige Awards for being the Wellbeing Centre of the Year in 2020, said: "We've always offered a Sanctuary to nurture, inspire and empower but, in light of the last 18 months, we are all more than ever aware of the necessity for physical , mental and emotional wellness.

Harrogate's Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing founder Anne-Marie Burford.

"A sense of passion and commitment runs throughout this beautiful hub of health on Duchy Road and it's evidence of why the team won the award of Wellbeing Centre ofthe Year 2020/21."

Founded by Anne-Marie in 1986, the Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing specialises in Yoga, Pilates, Meditation, Tai Chi and Ayurvedic Lifestyle and Diet Consultation, amongst other holistic therapies.

Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing is also known for its retreats which are held both at the centre and abroad and allow for a greater discovery of wellbeing to you or me.

This week saw a return to live classes in the studio, though its Zoom and online offerings will continue.

And a new string to their bow has come with the opening earlier this week of The Yoga Therapy Clinic Yorkshire.

And Oxygen Advantage Breath Work as devised by Patrick Mckeown, the world's leading expert in the re-education of breathe

It's the brainchild of certified clinical yoga therapist, Claire Whittleston.

Yoga Therapy is on offer with certified clinical yoga therapist, Claire Whittleston and assists in decreasing the effects of disease and discomfort through accessible movement, breath work and relaxation techniques.

It empowers people to manage their own sense of health and wellbeing by providing tools to use whenever they need it.

Yoga Therapy works at every level - physically, emotionally and psychologically and supports the management of many illnesses including critical illness, chronic pain, mental health, neurological issues and the desire for healthy ageing.

As for Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing, although it has kept going through the pandemic by going online, it has now resuming live classes in the studio, too,

Yorkshire Centre for Wellbeing programme

The full time time table includes am and pm Yoga and Pilates classes for all levels.

Many are available on Zoom or catch up.

Classes include

Tai Chi at the centre and in the Valley Gardens

Barre Class

Oxygen Advantage Breath Work as devised by Patrick Mckeown, the world's

leading expert in the re-education of breathe

Clinical Yoga for Lung Health (chair and mat based ) Yoga Therapy supports

recovery and living with respiratory issues

Therapies including:

Holistic and Spa Therapy

Bowen Technique

Training Courses

Yoga Teacher Training

Angelic Reiki Training

Yoga Retreats and personal development workshops are also available throughout the year.

For further information on the new Yoga Therapy Clinic Yorkshire or to book a private yoga therapy session, please call 07729 231365, email: [email protected] or, visit

To register for the group yoga therapy for lung health class, visit

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